Rosemary’s Baby is ranked 198 in the 2010 IMDb Top 250 Challenge.
This Roman Polanski film is a pretty much ‘by the numbers’ horror piece, featuring a well acted, naive Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and her woodenly acted husband who when trying for a baby catch the attention of their local New York City Witches Coven and proceeds to follow the trials of Rosemary as she tries to protect her unborn child from their machinations.
I say ‘by the numbers’ as by today’s standards you can see the plot twists coming a block away, though without the historical perspective of being alive at the time I’m reluctant to write this off as derivative. Was this ground breaking at the time? What is clear is that the film takes too long to get into its stride though from the first scene Mia Farrow steals the show with her portrayal of Rosemary, so unless you’re clock watching you won’t be too fussed. The various secondary characters fill their parts well, though some bizarre scenes push the film into black comedy though this doesn’t fit the tone of the rest of the piece.
Finally, like most horror films I’ve enjoyed it sits on the right side of being creepy and disturbing without having to resort to cheap scares or raiding the local blood bank. One of top 250 films of all time? Hard to say. It’s enjoyable for a single watch, but I won’t be picking it up again in a hurry.